The Abbott government has closed another loophole on children's vaccinations, ending a religious exemption that allowed Christian Scientists to get childcare benefits and not vaccinate their kids.
Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared the government "has never put a date" on returning to a budget surplus, arguing that the Coalition just needs to show a "quality trajectory" back to black instead.
Judith Ireland There are growing concerns that about 100,000 Australian children may be pulled out of childcare because of tough new requirements about the number of hours their parents will need to work to get childcare subsidies.
Eryk Bagshaw Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slammed down a schooner of beer at a university rowing party in a Sydney pub.
Judith Ireland Prince Harry is famous for his love of partying, but he has spent the past fortnight in more serious conditions.
Daniel Flitton Iran has agreed to send officials to Australia for talks that Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop hopes will lead to a deal for sending back Iranian asylum seekers deemed not to be refugees.
Mark Hawthorne The price of cask wine could double within 18 months, with major drinks companies and health experts lobbying the Abbott government to revamp a tax system that unduly favours bulk wine sales.
Judith Ireland After last year's budget controversy, this year's is likely to have less "shock and awe", says Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Australians to turn up to Anzac Day commemorations "in the largest possible numbers," in the wake of a foiled terror plot that was targetting events in Melbourne.
Judith Ireland Australia's Vietnamese community has received a report that an Australian Navy boat carrying asylum seekers back to Vietnam has arrived in the country amid concerns the group is now being interrogated by Communist officials.